Denton, TX, United States

Texas Womans University

www.twu.edu
Denton, TX, United States

Texas Woman's University is a co-educational university in Denton, Texas, United States with two health science center branches in Dallas and Houston. While male students are accepted into all programs, the school is better known as the largest state-supported university for women in the United States Wikipedia.

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DENTON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Texas Woman’s University (TWU) has selected Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, a leading developer and operator of infrastructure projects for the college and university market, to develop a new student housing community for the university as part of a public-private partnership (P3). Opening in Fall 2019, the sophomore village will house 875 students and contain classroom, fitness, exploratory learning and recreation space. Texas-based Hill & Wilkinson will lead the project’s design/build team, in collaboration with project architect Stantec. Located on TWU’s campus in Denton, Texas, the Residential Village Project will include three 4- and 5-story Georgian buildings featuring pod-style living quarters with small-scale communal baths with private bathroom and shower stalls. The project will incorporate residential amenities such as lounge spaces, study areas and community gathering places focused on the sophomore experience. “In recent years, TWU has used hotels and leased apartments off campus to accommodate our students,” said Monica Mendez-Grant, TWU vice president for student life. “This new Residential Village Project will bring those students back to campus and create an environment for our sophomore students that does not exist today.” “We’re excited to work with Texas Woman’s University in implementing their vision to create a dedicated second-year residential community that keeps students on campus,” said Bob Shepko, president of Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions. “Our experience has shown that a vibrant on-campus living experience directly enhances both the social and academic success of students and this new development will factor significantly in delivering that experience at TWU.” The development also will include approximately 30,000 square feet of residential dining space to serve all of TWU’s on-campus student population, as well as Residence Life offices. Ricca Design Studios will lead the culinary design efforts. Structured as a public-private partnership, Collegiate Housing Foundation, a national non-profit entity, will serve as the residential facility owner through the issuance of project-based, tax exempt debt financing. Project negotiations and planning will continue with Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions in the coming months as the project concept is advanced and finalized. TWU expects to recommend the final project scope to the TWU Board of Regents in November and construction is anticipated to commence in February of 2018 in preparation for August 2019 occupancy. “Our students have been vocal about their desire to live on campus in a community focused environment,” said TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten. “This new student housing accommodates their wishes, while also adhering to our campus esthetic and style, and providing plenty of green space for our students.” TWU’s first major housing development since the opening of the Lowry Woods Community in 2005, the Residential Village Project will be located east of Bell Avenue with the dining facility located directly north of TWU’s athletic facility, Pioneer Hall, and the housing facilities located on the site of the existing soccer field. The soccer field will be relocated as part of the project. On November 15, 2016, TWU publicly issued a request for proposals, or RFP. TWU and its development advisor, Brailsford & Dunlavey, structured the RFP to identify private developers with the best qualifications, experience, financial capacity and proven track records of executing similar projects. TWU received eight proposals from nationally-recognized firms and earlier this year the Balfour Beatty team submitted a final proposal and was subsequently selected as the preferred development partner. “We were impressed with the level of interest from the development community and the quality of proposals and teams that we interviewed during the process,” said B.J. Crain, interim vice president for finance and administration. “The Balfour Beatty team provided a strong proposal and continued to impress the selection committee throughout the course of the process. We look forward to partnering with them to make this exciting project a reality for the TWU community.” Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, LLC provides development, asset/property management, and other real estate services to higher education with a focus on public-private partnerships that underpin the strategic vision of an institution. The company offers public-private partnership (P3) solutions for funding and delivery of capital plans, including residential, academic, administrative and faculty offices, research, athletic/recreation, student centers, dining, parking and infrastructure. Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions is part of Balfour Beatty Investments a global company focused on financing and operating the vital assets that enable societies and economies to grow: roads and railways, health and education facilities, power and water systems, places to live and places to work—the infrastructure that underpins progress. Balfour Beatty Investments is a division of Balfour Beatty plc, a UK-based international infrastructure group operating in construction services, support services and infrastructure investments. Texas Woman’s University is the nation’s largest public university primarily for women with almost 16,000 students at its three locations in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Texas Woman’s is known for its contributions and leadership in the fields of education, nutrition, business, the arts and sciences, and especially in the nursing and health care professions. The university offers the student support, class sizes and campus esthetics more typically found at a private university. Male students have been admitted to the university’s graduate programs since 1972 and undergraduate programs since 1994. TWU prides itself on providing students with a well-rounded educational experience focused on service, health and well-being and integrity. Respect for diversity in all dimensions (U.S. News & World Report ranks the university in the top 10 in the nation for diversity) and a safe campus environment (Texas Woman’s is among the safest campuses in the nation) are among the hallmarks of a TWU education.


Samuel F.,Texas Womans University | Hynds D.L.,Texas Womans University
Molecular Neurobiology | Year: 2010

Many lines of evidence indicate the importance of the Rho family guanine nucleotide triphosphatases (GTPases) in directing axon extension and guidance. The signaling networks that involve these proteins regulate actin cytoskeletal dynamics in navigating neuronal growth cones. However, the intricate patterns that regulate Rho GTPase activation and signaling are not yet fully defined. Activity and subcellular localization of the Rho GTPases are regulated by post-translational modification. The addition of a geranylgeranyl group to the carboxy (C-) terminus targets Rho GTPases to the plasma membrane and promotes their activation by facilitating interaction with guanine nucleotide exchange factors and allowing sequestering by association with guanine dissociation inhibitors. However, it is unclear how these modifications affect neurite extension or how subcellular localization alters signaling from the classical Rho GTPases (RhoA, Rac1, and Cdc42). Here, we review recent data addressing this issue and propose that Rho GTPase geranylgeranylation regulates outgrowth. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Hill V.,Texas Womans University
New Library World | Year: 2015

Purpose - This study aims to describe a library project exploring innovative options for embedding information literacy skills in the elementary school library by utilizing Minecraft, a virtual world three-dimensional (3D) building game environment. Design/methodology/approach - The small-scale descriptive study, with a follow-up survey, focuses on a group of fifth-grade students in an after-school technology club facilitated by the school librarian. The students designed and built a 3D virtual world library game for younger tudents to help them learn digital citizenship and information literacy. Findings - Analysis of observations, interviews and videos indicated that students were highly engaged in learning information literacy elements throughout all stages of the project from design, building, implementation and testing of younger students. Research limitations/implications - Although the small number of students enrolled in the club is a limitation, the feedback provided strong evidence of motivation for learning through gamification. Further research could assess learning outcomes with the curriculum, specifically for digital citizenship and information literacy. Practical implications - Embedding information literacy into a 3D world allows students to learn computer code, mathematics, game design, and fosters collaboration while demonstrating digital citizenship. Social implications - Game design requires teamwork, a real-life skill essential for students entering the work force. Originality/value - Few articles share student-designed solutions of critical information literacy needs. This study exemplifies constructivist learning in a gaming environment. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


Uphouse L.,Texas Womans University
Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior | Year: 2014

In this review, first a historical perspective of serotonin's (5-HT) involvement in female sexual behavior is presented. Then an overview of studies implicating 5-HT is presented. The effect of drugs that increase or decrease CNS levels of 5-HT is reviewed. Evidence is presented that drugs which increase 5-HT have negative effects on female sexual behavior while a decrease in 5-HT is associated with facilitation of sexual behavior. Studies with compounds that act on 5-HT1, 5-HT2 or 5-HT3 receptors are discussed. Most evidence indicates that 5-HT1A receptor agonists inhibit sexual behavior while 5-HT2 or 5-HT3 receptors may exert a positive influence. There is substantial evidence to support a role for 5-HT in the modulation of female consummatory sexual behavior, but studies on the role of 5-HT in other elements of female sexual behavior (e.g. desire, motivation, sexual appetite) are few. Future studies should be directed at determining if these additional components of female sexual behavior are also modulated by 5-HT. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.


Uphouse L.,Texas Womans University
Behavioural Brain Research | Year: 2015

Regularly cycling Fischer female rats were treated with either a low (5. g/kg) or high (5. mg/RAT; approximately 30. mg/kg) dose of the antiprogestin, RU486, before the morning of proestrus or on the morning of proestrus. The emergence of sexual behavior after treatment with RU486 was examined in a mating test with a sexually active male rat. Lordosis behavior was remarkably resistant to the effects of RU486. Only the high dose of RU486 given the evening before proestrus, approximately 22. h before mating, reduced lordosis behavior. Independent of dose or time of treatment, proceptivity was reduced and resistance to the male's attempts to mount was increased by RU486 treatment. In addition, the effect of a 5. min restraint stress on sexual behavior was examined. In contrast to the relative resistance of lordosis behavior of unrestrained rats to RU486 treatment, RU486 treated rats showed a significant decline in lordosis behavior after restraint. These findings allow the suggestion that the emergence of lordosis behavior is relatively resistant to the antiprogestin while the maintenance of lordosis behavior after restraint may require participation of intracellular progesterone receptors. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.


Walker-Batson D.,Texas Womans University
European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine | Year: 2013

There is robust evidence for amphetamine (AMPH) facilitated recovery from behavioral deficits in animal models of stroke. Following experimental lesions, numerous studies of motor, somatosensory and vision recovery show AMPH accelerates the rate of recovery when paired with relevant behavioral experience. While the experimental literature continues to mount for an AMPH effect, the translation to clinical studies has been far less clear. This is due in part to the inherent difficulty of extrapolating results in animals to humans; however, there is much controversy regarding how the basic science data is interpreted for the design of human clinical trials. This review will: overview noteworthy experimental studies that have strong implications for human rehabilitation; describe the blinded drug/placebo clinical trials administering AMPH to enhance recovery of motor and language deficits post-stroke published to date; discuss the various complexities and controversies of designing clinical trials which may affect response/non-response to pharmacologic agents and conclude with suggestions of critical questions still to be answered for the rehabilitation specialist.


Hutton J.,Texas Womans University
American journal of obstetrics and gynecology | Year: 2014

OBJECTIVE: Although it is commonly accepted that rubella is well-controlled, a recent reemergence of both pertussis and measles might also predict a reemergence of rubella. This study was designed to estimate the current incidence of rubella exposure in pregnancy.STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective, descriptive study, conducted in Houston, TX, at The Woman's Hospital of Texas. Women are typically screened for rubella immunity at the beginning of pregnancy. Rubella nonimmunity is defined as a titer less than 10 IU/mL in the US. Women who were non-immune early in pregnancy (<20 weeks) were recruited for this study and asked to be tested again for rubella immunity at the time of delivery.RESULTS: Of 298 women who were rubella nonimmune (IgG <10 IU/mL) early in pregnancy, 19 converted to immune status (IgG >40 IU/mL, defined as at least a 4-fold increase) at time of delivery, a rate of 6.38% (4.12% to 9.75%; 95% Wilson-Score confidence interval). For the 19 patients who converted to immune status at time of delivery, 8 patients had levels of 40-150 IU/mL, 6 patients had levels of 151-300 IU/mL, 2 patients had levels of 301-500 IU/mL, and 3 patients had levels >500 IU/mL.CONCLUSION: Pregnancy is a critical time to evaluate rubella exposure. This study estimated the current incidence of rubella exposure in pregnancy to be 6.38%. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 498.54K | Year: 2016

Texas Womans University (TWU) is committed to establishing a dedicated science research network (SRN) for faculty and student researchers, with access to worldwide resources to enrich scientific discovery. In conjunction with TWUs intensive focus on funded, research-active faculty in the sciences, health sciences and technical areas, the SRN is essential to meeting the data-intensive requirements for a growing number of disciplines. Key academic programs include, but are not limited to, physical therapy, nursing telehealth, informatics, computer science, biology, chemistry and nutrition.

TWUs plan is to construct and support a 10 Gbps SRN for researchers to effectively use and share large data sets. The SRN plan has 10 Gbps connectivity to TWUs regional area network, Lonestar Education and Research Network, providing TWU researchers access to Internet2. Such capability is necessary for many faculty and students needing significantly more bandwidth. For example, TWUs recent development of an informatics program touches multiple disciplines, particularly in health informatics where study questions include hospital reaction time, improved patient care, viral preparedness, and health care outcome modeling.

Additionally, this project provides enhanced research and educational opportunities to a diverse TWU student body, consisting of 87% women, 19% African American and greater than 25% Latino - TWU is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution. Thus, this project unquestionably furthers TWUs efforts to engage women and minorities in important research opportunities across critical STEM and health care fields. Recognition of underrepresentation of women and minorities in technical arenas is longstanding.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 599.86K | Year: 2012

The Quantitative and Analytical Sciences for Academic Reinforcement and Success (QuASARS) project at Texas Womans University (TWU) is increasing the STEM workforce in the United States by providing cross-disciplinary training in quantitative and analytical science for S-STEM scholars and TWU STEM majors. In an increasingly technological world, boundaries between traditional STEM fields are narrowing and many careers require training at their interface. QuASARS prepares S-STEM undergraduates for these exciting careers. Based in successes of prior programs, the number of STEM majors at TWU has increased, their persistence facilitated by a cohort of scholars engaging in hands-on STEM experiences. The current program fosters development of a cohort of students united by an interest in quantitative and analytical sciences and obtaining degrees in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science and mathematics. The TWU S-STEM program facilitates degree progression and entrance into advanced degree programs and STEM careers. Each year, the TWU S-STEM program provides scholarships for approximately 20 academically talented, but financially challenged students, who also obtain a certificate in Quantitative Sciences. The certificate is available to all STEM students at TWU and promotes student cohesiveness and preparedness for STEM professions. The success of the TWU S-STEM program is assessed by evaluating QuASARS recruiting strategies, the efficacy of support efforts provided by the program (e.g. tutoring, career guidance), and the impact of cohort building, intensive mentoring and active learning on the numbers of TWU STEM majors enrolling in, completing undergraduate degrees and pursuing advanced degrees and careers in STEM fields. The goals of the QuASARS program build on excellent academic enhancement programs on campus (e.g. the Honors Scholars and Bridges to the Baccalaureate programs) and partnerships with academic and industry programs that provide internships and enhanced occupational opportunities for S-STEM scholars and TWU STEM majors, increasing the pool for qualified STEM professionals in Texas and across the nation. The TWU QuASARS S-STEM program is ideally suited to broadly impacting STEM professions in Texas and nationally by increasing the participation of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM. TWU is the largest university primarily for women in the US and 50% of the undergraduates are members of groups underrepresented in STEM fields. As such, TWU provides an excellent pool of students to increase the representation of these groups in the professional workforce throughout Texas. Funded S-STEM scholars are encouraged to engage in research and experiential opportunities, resulting in broad dissemination of new findings through scholar presentations and publications. Additionally, the TWU S-STEM scholarship program provides networking with existing quality education programs on campus and across Texas, thereby enhancing university and inter-institutional infrastructures.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCES | Award Amount: 219.73K | Year: 2017

The rising use of litigation to make policy has been called one of the most important developments in contemporary governance, as interest groups across the political spectrum now routinely turn to the courts to pursue their policy agendas. One potential consequence of all of this litigation relates to the dissemination of information about public policies through the media. This research project will generate new data on media coverage of litigation-based policies. Using statistical and mixed-method analysis, the findings will provide insights into how litigation and media biases influence public information about policy. The project includes training undergraduate and graduate students in the practice of research design, data collection and mixed-method analysis.

The scientific literature is currently divided on how media coverage should interact with policy design and it generates competing approaches. This project addresses this challenge by contrasting coverage of injury compensation policies that reflect differing levels of reliance on litigation. Specifically, building on a significant pilot project, it will collect original data on newspaper stories in 3 distinct policy areas as presented in national news outlets. The project will code individual news stories using a series of validated measures. The project will analyze these data using multiple methods, including statistical analysis, mixed-method comparative case studies, and in-depth interpretive analyses of content.

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